The Languages Department at Forge Valley is staffed by enthusiastic, creative and experienced teachers. We offer students stimulating and dynamic lessons where key language skills are practised whilst providing opportunities to explore cultural differences.
All students at Forge Valley study Spanish at Key Stage 3. We also offer extra-curricular Mandarin and Japanese Manga clubs after school for budding linguists who wish to learn a second foreign language.
We offer extra-curricular visits abroad, to broaden horizons and to allow our pupils to practise their language skills in real life contexts as well as enabling them to experience Spanish culture. In recent years we have visited Valencia and Barcelona.
We offer an Exchange Programme for our Year 10 students to Plasencia in Eastern Spain which is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their spoken language as well as getting a real insight into Spanish culture. We have developed a very strong link with our partner school IES Gabriel y Galán. The programme involves a week-long visit to Spain, followed by a return visit from our Spanish partners, with Forge Valley parents also being involved in the English leg of the partnership.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content
Spanish is a very popular subject at Key Stage 4 with students building on the skills they developed at Key Stage 3. We follow the AQA course which covers three main themes
- Theme 1: Identity and culture
- Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
- Theme 3: Current and future study and employment.
The three main topic areas are studied in greater depth than at Key Stage 3, with the key focus being to develop skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. As well as having access to a range of materials and resources, time is built into the course to work in small groups with our Foreign Language Assistants, both during lesson time and in after school additional support sessions.
The course is assessed through final examinations at the end of Year. Students have 4 separate exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, with each paper worth 25% of the final grade.